Nilanjana Sen

Nilanjana Sen is a former associate editor (culture) at Fair Observer. Her research focuses on Indian political thought—with specific reference to B.R. Ambedkar’s ideas on equality and social justice—and questions of group differentiated citizenship and minority rights in the postcolonial Indian state. She holds a master's degree from King’s India Institute, King’s College London.

Defense Is Becoming More Integral to India’s Diplomacy

Aug 13, 2019

In May, Narendra Modi was re-elected as the prime minister of India in a landslide victory. India’s foreign policy became a salient issue during these elections due to the regional tensions with Pakistan. Beyond its immediate regional priorities, the Modi government has explicitly articulated a new vision for India and...

Shahidul Alam: "I Will Remain a Thorn for the Oppressor"

Feb 25, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to the renowned Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam. At a time when censorship is growing across the globe, Shahidul Alam — a renowned Bangladeshi photographer and social activist — has pledged his life to represent the downtrodden and insists that he “will...

Modernizing India's Police Force

Nov 21, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Nilanjana Sen talks to Somesh Goyal, director general of police for Himachal Pradesh. In India, the Police Act is of 1861 vintage, drafted barely four years after the “natives” revolted against the rapacious British East India Company in what is known as India’s...

The Making of Hindu India

Sep 23, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Nilanjana Sen talks to Akshaya Mukul, the author of Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India. Gita Press emerged as an influential player in the Hindi religious publishing world in the 20th century. The founder, Jaydayal Goyandka, and promoters of the press...

Going Mobile: Indian Women Cook Up Independence

Jun 16, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Nilanjana Sen talks to Pankaj Sharma, founder and CEO of Zeemlo. In India, companies such as Zeemlo are using the culture of feeding people to design a unique model to empower housewives. Using the culture of hospitality as a business idea, however, is...

Caste Politics Overshadow Sanitation Issues in India

May 13, 2016

In India, traditional social structures impede development. In his short treatise Sanitation in India published in 1912, Alexander Hubbard laid out suggestions to “brighten up [the] little world” of the Indian native which was drowned in “filth and squalor.” The treatise, while best described as patronising in its suggestions, partially...

Sustainable Cities of the Future

Oct 28, 2015

With half the world’s population currently living in urban areas, cities are key to the future of sustainable development. Background With over half the world’s population living in cities, the 21st century has been described as the urban century. It is estimated that 75% of the global population will be living...

BBC and India’s Problematic Romance

Jun 24, 2015

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to former Bureau Chief of BBC New Delhi Sir Mark Tully. The relationship between the Indian public and the government has often been fraught with tension. During such times, foreign broadcasters like the BBC have found it easier to make inroads...

Let's Talk About Sex

Feb 13, 2015

Sex is a natural human desire, but how do different communities and cultures perceive it? Background There is a popular myth that men think about sex every seven seconds, or up to 8,000 times a day. While research has shown that the number is actually lower – on average around...

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